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Friendship that bloomed into Love…

“ Shirish are you coming on time tomorrow morning or as usual you will be late?” said Rita, as she was packing for college before retiring to bed. Shirish said,” I will be on time I promise.” Rita hung up the phone wishing him Goodnight and went off to sleep. The next morning Rita started for college and as she approached Shirish’s house a note lay outside his house for her which said that he would meet her at the bus stop in 3 minutes. As she waited for him the bus pulled in at the bus stop and with a final glance at his house she boarded the bus.

In college at the end of the first lecture Rita saw Shirish waving out to her, Rita ignored him and went to chat with her other friends in the canteen. Shirish came up to Rita and apologized to her and within minutes she was convinced that he wouldn’t repeat the mistake again.

This would happen everyday and Shirsh would keep written notes for Rita and she would collect them. Days passed into years and they became the best of friends. They met everyday and spent the maximum time with each other. They would go together and come back from college together. Rita was an outgoing girl and she made a lot of friends. She was a tomboy due to which a lot of guys would hang around with her. After college Shirish would wait for Rita at the station. Once Rita told Shirish to leave, as she would be late. After and hour when Rita arrived at the station she saw Shirish sitting on the seat on the platform. This touched Rita and she was happy. Rita asked Shirish, Shirish why didn’t you go home I told you I would be late because I had to copy some notes from Hemant.” Shirish replied,’ Rita all these days you would wait at the bus stop in the morning and everyday I would be late, cant I wait for you for one day?” Then there was silence throughout the journey. After coming to their station they would make it a point to have a cup of coffee at a café very near to their house where they would share the day’s events. The bond was so strong that if either one of them was feeling low the other would understand it. Shirish was so depended on Rita that he would need her whenever he was confused. If Shirish’s mother wanted to put forth something to Shirish she would have to call Rita to make shirish understand.

It was Rose day of the college and Rita asked Shirish whether he could come on time because she was wearing a sari for the first time and was feeling awkward to go alone to the college. But as it turned out he didn’t come on time and she had to go alone to the college. When Shirish finally arrived he went to look out for Rita and he was stunned to see Rita in a sari. He just stood there staring at her because it was today he realized how beautiful she was. When he came up to her he hardly spoke. She started shouting at him and left in an angry mood.

He went to the canteen hoping she would be there but she wasn’t. After 3 hours of futile efforts he didn’t find and came to the station and at that time he realized that he wanted her in his life and missed her terribly when she wasn’t around. With these thoughts when he reached the station Rita was there with Hemant. She came smiled at Shirish and apologized about the incident after which Hemant left and Shirish and Rita left for home.


Shirish gave Rita a friendship card, which expressed his feelings for her as a friend. Rita was happy. Days passed into years and they were in their last year of friendship when Rita knew that unknowingly she had started liking Shirish but didn’t have the guts to tell him in the fear that she may lose his friendship forever. After college both parted ways Shirish didn’t take his graduation examination and lost a year, Rita took her examination and later took up a job, which kept hey busy throughout the day.

This went on for two years. Rita kept her distance, as she wanted to get Shirish out of her mind, as she was sure their relationship wont work out. Rita’s parents found a match for Rita for Rita agreed. She called Shirish that day and asked him whether he could meet her. Shirish met her. They both were quiet for sometime. Shirish broke the ice by telling Rita that there was something that he wanted to tell her and she kept avoiding it. Shirish poured his heart out and confessed his feelings for her. Rita was open-mouthed. She had no words to say all she said was,” Shirish why did you express your feelings so late.” and she got up from the table and left.
Rita and Shirish didn’t meet for 4 years after that. Rita heard about him from her mother that t he had become a poet and writer and was penning a book. Shirish met with an accident and wanted to meet Rita. Rita came to the hospital in a crisp white salwar kameez looking as gorgeous as ever. Shirish asked Rita whether they could be alone for sometime and she agreed. “ Rita I want to know before I die did you ever even like me?” Rita had tears in her eyes and she replied,” Shirish I always loved you but didn’t have the courage to tell you and was frightened that if I ever disclose my feeling you may go away from me…”

Shirish and Rita realized just a matter of words drifted them into different worlds and now it was too late to change it. Few days later Shirish died and left his entire earning from the sale of the book which was dedicated to her.


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Andromed



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